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GENERAL ELECTRIC SELECTS UNITED HEALTHCARE'S UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY

 GENERAL ELECTRIC SELECTS UNITED HEALTHCARE'S
 UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY
 Healthmarc to Manage Health Care Utilization for GE Nationwide
 MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- United HealthCare Corporation (NYSE: UNH) (UHC) today announced that General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) (GE) has selected Healthmarc, UHC's utilization management company, to provide health care utilization management to approximately 600,000 GE employees and dependents nationwide. The program will be phased in over the rest of 1992, beginning in April.
 The Healthmarc program will provide management of pre-care provisions in GE's existing benefit plan. This includes pre-care review for hospitalizations, a second opinion program and both inpatient and outpatient catastrophic case management.
 GE is the nation's sixth largest industrial corporation. Its businesses include aerospace, aircraft engines, appliances, communication and services, financial services, industrial and power systems, plastics, lighting, medical systems, broadcast, electrical distribution and controls, motors and transportation systems.
 "GE wants to provide its employees with a consistent and patient- oriented utilization management program," said Charles R. Buck, staff executive for health care programs for GE. "We believe that Healthmarc's strong, patient focused approach will achieve this objective for GE."
 "GE's decision confirms Healthmarc's belief that patient-oriented programs are important to controlling future medical costs," said Mark W. Tierney, president of Healthmarc. "Healthmarc's objective is to help patients and providers make decisions that will result in appropriate, effective health care under the terms of the employers' health plans."
 Healthmarc provides a broad range of health care utilization management services, including hospital admission review, outpatient review, case management, discharge planning review, catastrophic case management, a health care information line and a guided second-opinion program. Healthmarc serves more than 325 employers and health plans across the country.
 United HealthCare Corporation is a national leader in health care management, serving both the providers and purchasers of health care since 1974. The company's services include HMOs, PPOs, multiple option and point of service plans, Medicare and managed care programs for the aged, pharmaceutical cost management, managed mental health and substance abuse services, utilization management, workers compensation/casualty services, specialized provider networks, employee assistance services, health care evaluation services, information systems and administrative services.
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 /CONTACT: David Koppe, 612-939-7760, Susan Busch, 612-936-7247, both of United HealthCare; or Jack Batty of General Electric, 203-373-2044/
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